12 posts tagged tech
shiny & new
favorite things simplicity
Don’t miss the beautiful new Paper update…
One year ago, we introduced the world to Paper. In the intervening months, we developed innovative new tools, improved existing features and devoted countless hours to making Paper better, faster, stronger. As we enhanced our product and made customers happy, we realized we were missing one thing. Minimalism.
Introducing: The most basic version of Paper to date. Built on our powerful core technology masterminded in our sixth floor walk-up in New York City, the new Paper brings together Draw and Erase, two handcrafted tools that effectively cancel each other out. Need a faster way to hide what you’re working on? Our Reset™ feature clears the page with a single swipe. Mistake? What mistake?
Where some see limitations, others see possibility. Welcome to a new world where it’s simpler than simple. It’s simplest.
Learn more about the new Paper on fiftythree.com/paper-simplified.
Spotted earlier this week at 51st St station in New York City. Paper, front and center of Apple’s new ad campaign.
this week teaching online
For those who missed my social media career workshop at General Assembly last month, I’m teaching an online class this Thursday, January 17th at 2pm EST on the same topic. Curious about social media or wondering how to build communities with your Internet skills? My brain is at your service.
image via general assembly
happy days paper by fiftythree is named app of the year
In March, FiftyThree, the company I work with on content and community, launched a beautiful app called Paper that lets users create on the iPad.
Today, Apple named Paper iPad App of the Year.
2012 was not easy, but it was the year I got the chance to work with some of the most thoughtful and dedicated people I’ve known.
There will always be those who seek overnight success, who take the path of least resistance, and who think relationships will be easy once they meet a person named The One. But, at last, I think I get it — there are no shortcuts to being really good at what you do. You simply keep working at it. And, most times, it’s fun and challenging and you’re surprised it’s considered “work” at all because it doesn’t feel like it.
FiftyThree didn’t win many awards this year because of luck or lack of competition. Instead, I see them practice what they preach. They build everything with purpose, driven by the ingrained desire to make making beautiful, approachable, fun and intuitive.
I’m excited to continue sharing the story of FiftyThree. Take a look at the amazing work being created with Paper on Made with Paper and, if you don’t have the app already, see what you’re missing. Experiment, screw up and start again. There’s no wrong way to use Paper, and that’s the beauty of it.
Below are just a few Paper creations I found while curating the awesome work made in the app this year.
Proud of my friend Ryan, Consmr CEO, for introducing “Scan to Pin” technology in the Consmr iPhone app. Pinterest lovers, this one’s for you…
PIN PRODUCTS YOU WANT IN REAL LIFE WITH CONSMR
Today, we’re excited to announce Consmr has launched the first-ever integration of Pinterest on the iPhone. Now you can pin everyday products you like, want, and even share what’s on your wish list or in your shopping bag. Simply scan your favorite Essie nail polish color with Consmr to create a color board to inspire your next manicure, or scan items in your pantry to keep a visual list so you never forget your family’s favorite snacks and dinner ingredients. With Consmr, you can quickly and easily pin right in stores as you shop.
The Consmr team, including yours truly, will be at BlogHer Conference today. Send us a tweet with request for something you need in the neighborhood, and we’ll pick it up for you. Think: snacks, drinks and stuff one usually forgets while traveling, like toothpaste… most anything with a barcode so you can scan and review it with our app is fair game. - amy
TWEET #FRIENDINNEED FOR WHAT YOU NEED
This weekend the BlogHer 2012 Conference is happening in NYC. It’s gonna be epic; it’s gonna be exhausting. That’s where we come in.
Forgot your toothbrush? We’ll get you one that’s highly rated on Consmr. Hungry between panels, and need a pick-me-up? Tweet #friendinneed with your request and we’ll grab your favorite drink or snack from the grocery store.
Between Consmr co-founder Ryan and myself, we attend a lot of events. We travel for conferences, speak on panels, host our own gatherings. We love it, but we understand it takes a lot out of you. So let us help you enjoy your time in the city by taking the errand out of your day. Oh, and we’re alums of a prominent restaurant guide, so tweet @amycao or @ryenyc if you need some delicious food recommendations. Welcome to New York City!
central park, photo by amy cao
ain’t no party like a consmr party
About three weeks ago I left Foodspotting to build community and work on social media strategy for some exciting new companies in NYC.
One startup I’m working with is Consmr, a grocery and drugstore product review app founded by my old coworker from Zagat Survey, Ryan Charles. On Thursday, we’re hosting our first ever event to celebrate the launch of the app and we’re teaming up with my friends Tamy and Felipe to share a preview of the menu from Comodo, their new restaurant! (You may remember I wrote about the restaurant opening party in June…)
The RSVP list is now full, but email me amy[at]consmr.com if you want to join us on Thursday. We’ll have plenty of good food, beer, ice cream and other snacks to scan using Consmr’s barcode scanning app!
Comodo will open on Wednesday, July 18th at 58 MacDougal Street, New York City (646) 580-3866
photo via comodo
Shooting the music video for Metric’s new single, Synthetica, with three rigged up Sony Xperia phones (and 27 non-rigged ones…).
The beautiful Paper app by FiftyThree just won Apple’s Design Award. Get the app for iPad if you have not already!
Apple Design Award
Just over a year ago we started developing Paper. Our idea: to make mobile creation better. Today at WWDC, Apple recognized our work with an Apple Design Award. Thank you. It really could not have happened without the support of Apple’s platforms and the ingenuity of your creations.
Paper is where ideas begin… and in the truest sense of the word, we’re only beginning. Ideas have places to go. We want to be part of that voyage, and we hope you will too. Keep creating. We’re hiring.
cool new thing: cardflick
I’m off to SXSW Interactive today with the Foodspotting team to help host our Street Food Fest on Saturday!
For those unfamiliar with SXSW, the first week is like spring break for nerds (self included) where tech people from all over descend on Austin to meet and eat and drink and cure hangovers with free brunch sponsored by companies like Groupon. It’s an opportunity to network and, usually, a great escape from the cold still plaguing New York City and Silicon Valley at this time of year. Except for this weekend, of course, with blue skies and high 60’s projected for New York and rain and humidity in Austin. Ah well, what can you do…
So, you know all that moving around I did back in November and December? No? Well, let’s just say I moved three times in thirty days and, somewhere in the shuffle, left my Foodspotting business cards at my cousin’s apartment where Mittens and I were staying for a few weeks.
Enter CardFlick to save the day. I just learned about these sexy - free! - digital business cards from Foodspotting CEO Alexa yesterday. You can design your cards however you’d like, but even the stock templates are pretty good looking if you’re feeling lazy. CardFlick lets you link to all your social networks and allows you to display everything you would expect from a paper card except it’s all hyperlinked and you can email the card to anybody. (Muy importante because not everyone has a smartphone, but most people have email addresses.)
Sign up at cardflick.co and then download the iPhone app to share your contact deets easily without having to trek all the way to Queens to retrieve the boxes of business cards that you abandoned at cousin Lily’s.
NimbleBit, the company that makes Dizzypad, one of my favorite iPhone games ever, is offering all their apps for FREE today. Download away!